A council has been highly commended for its work to improve rural bus services at the National Transport Awards.
The accolade was given to Bedford Borough Council for its improvements to the rural bus network, which has seen users increase by 25 per cent since 2011.
The local authority saw off stiff competition from much larger authorities including Essex County Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Transport for Greater Manchester.
The borough’s scheme started in 2010 when the council carried out a comprehensive consultation with rural residents to help draw up a list of requirements, which were used as the basis to invite tenders for the rural network. The council then worked with bidder Grant Palmer.